If you’re wondering, “What is kief?”, it’s the stuff you’ve been looking for all your life. Seriously.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time pot partaker fresh off her first joint or a long-time canna-enthusiast who’s smoked many a joint, blunt, and bong (but somehow managed to miss the stuff at the bottom of the grinder — hey, we don’t judge), kief will make everything better.
But exactly what is kief? What’s the big deal? And how can you use kief to take your weed adventures to the next level?
In this article, the experts at Honest Marijuana give you the skinny on kief and why it’s ganja gold.
What Is Kief?
The Etymology Of Kief
Before we get to the biology and pharmacology of kief, let’s briefly discuss the etymology (the origin) of this weird word.
We have to admit that kief is a strange-looking term. The English language doesn’t have a lot of words with the “ie” construction. And certainly not many where those two vowels together make the double-e sound (as in keep).
It all comes down to the fact that kief isn’t really an English word. In true American style, we borrowed the word from another language — Arabic, to be precise. In that language, kief means ‘pleasure or intoxication’.
As you’ll learn shortly, that’s exactly what kief does. So it’s really no wonder we took that word as our own. But honestly, and to paraphrase The Bard, “Kief by any other name would taste as sweet.”
The Biology Of Kief
In cannabis biology, a kief is the bulbous formation on the tip a trichome (the resin glands of the pot plant that contain THC, CBD, CBG, CBN, and other active cannabinoids). Cannabis isn’t the only plant to have trichomes, but it is one of the few whose kief has psychoactive and medicinal effects.
In the case of the cannabis plant, the trichomes are a defense mechanism to deter hungry herbivores (like bunnies and deer) from completely devouring the leaves, stems, stalk, and all.
Should an intrepid plant-eater actually gnosh a bit of the wacky weed, the trichomes go to work to disorient the animal and prevent it from eating the rest. That’s the theory, anyway.
Maybe that “high” just gives them more reason to come back for a second dose.
The Pharmacology Of Kief
Collectively, kief is the word marijuana enthusiasts use to refer to the terpenes and cannabinoids of the cannabis plant. Kief is a more pure and potent part of the marijuana plant, which is why it’s prized as an additive in everything from bongs to blunts, vaporizers to vape pens, and hookah to honey oil.
What’s The Big Deal?
As we touched on above, kief is where all the action is. Basically, the kief is the stuff that gets you high or gives you the medicinal effects you’re looking for. That’s why it’s such a big deal.
But sometimes, you can separate the kief from the plant matter so you have a 100% pure psychoactive/medicinal substance. That’s when things get really interesting.
How Can I Get Ahold Of My Own Kief?
You could, we suppose, buy kief at your local dispensary. But it would probably cost an arm and a leg.
By far, the easiest way to get ahold of your own kief is to purchase and use a grinder. More specifically, a four-piece or three-chamber grinder.
A four-piece grinder is composed of a lid, a grinding chamber, a collection chamber, and a kief chamber. You put your dried and cured weed in the grinding chamber, attach the lid, and give the whole thing a good screw (no not that type of screw).
During the grinding process, two things happen:
- The buds are sliced and diced
- The kief is dislodged from the plant matter
The ground-up leaves fall through the screen at the bottom of the grinding chamber into the collection chamber. If you continue to agitate the grinder, the free kief will fall through the screen at the bottom of the collection chamber into the kief chamber.
After a while, you’ll amass enough of the sticky powder in the kief chamber to do some really cool things.
How Do I Use Kief?
One of the many wonderful things about kief is that you can use it in so many awesome ways. Remember that it’s basically concentrated cannabinoid.
2) Joint And Blunt
Using kief like this is a great way to upgrade low-quality weed (and the low-quality experience it produces) to the grade-A stuff you’ve been dreaming about.
4) Moon Rock Weed
Many call moon rock weed the strongest cannabis in the world. We don’t know about that, but we do know that it’s a heck of a good time.
5) Thai Stick
A Thai stick is buds of seedless marijuana skewered on a stem, rolled in cannabis oil, sprinkled with kief, and wrapped in a whole marijuana leaf to form a swag shishkabob. When all is dry, you smoke a Thai stick just like a boss cigar or mega blunt.
What Are The Best Strains For Kief?
Chemdog (or chemdawg) is a hybrid strain derived from the Kush, Hash Plant, and Northern Lights cannabis plants. It offers a decidedly pungent aroma with the earthy flavor of diesel thrown in for good measure.
Once consumed, Chemdog produces a happy, uplifting, euphoric experience. That makes it a great addition to any edible, joint, blunt, or bong.
2) Sour Diesel
Sour Diesel is a sativa strain bred from Chemdog, Northern Lights, and Skunk No. 1. Like its parents, Sour Diesel has a very pungent and earthy diesel smell and flavor and produces a happy, euphoric, and uplifting high.
3) Blue Dream
When consumed, Blue Dream generates an inspiring, euphoric, relaxing high. Need to unwind before bed? Steep a bit of Blue Dream kief in your chamomile tea and sleep like a baby.
4) Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies
Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies is a hybrid cross between the Durban Poison and OG Kush strains. These buds taste and smell minty and sweet (just like the cookie) and bring on a happy, relaxing, and euphoric feeling (just like eating a whole box of those cookies by yourself).
The kief from Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies is very useful as a flavoring in everything from brownies to tea and coffee. Plus it has that awesome psychedelic kick.
5) Fruity Pebbles
Fruity Pebbles is another hybrid strain created from the DNA of Green Ribbon, Granddaddy Purple, and Tahoe Alien. Like its namesake, Fruity Pebbles has a sweet, tropical berry flavor that can’t be beat. And like other strains on this list, its effects are happy, relaxing, and euphoric.
So if you’re looking for a one-two punch of flavor and psychedelics, the kief from Fruity Pebbles is a great choice.
6) Cherry OG
Cherry OG is a mix of Thai, Afghani, and Lost Coast OG strains that gives off a very citrusy and earthy herbal taste and smell. The kief from Cherry OG produces a happy, relaxed, and uplifted feeling so it’s a great additive to your vape juice to help you relax after a long day.
7) Kandy Kush
Kandy Kush is a cross between OG Kush and Trainwreck. Its taste and smell are sweet, earthy, and pungent, followed by happy, relaxing, and euphoric effects. Sprinkle a bit of Kandy Kush kief in your joint for an added anti-anxiety kick.
Don’t Dismiss The Power Of Kief
Regardless of the strain you choose, don’t dismiss the benefits of the dust at the bottom of your grinder. It has the potential to make your next smoke sesh a truly unique, fun, and powerful experience.
So save your kief however you can and use it every chance you get. You won’t be sorry.
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